Taking care of your mental health in college is something that is always talked about, but no one ever tells you how to deal with it properly. According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety and depression is increasing among college students at an alarming rate. With midterms around the corner, I am here to give you tips on how to mentally prepare for midterms and assure that you are not alone. 

1. Plan Out in Advance

Being busy in college can make you feel overwhelmed and stressed. When you have control of what goes on in your everyday life, it takes a burden off of your shoulders. Knowing in advance what your week will be faced with will give you an opportunity to tackle it hands on!

2. Give Yourself Reassurance

As humans, as much as we say we do not need reassurance from someone, it is always nice to give it to ourselves. We all have our doubts and insecurities and sometimes a good one on one talk with yourself can give you all the confidence you need. During midterms, students tend to get discouraged, but don't let a test defeat you. You can handle anything thrown your way, as long as you believe in yourself!

3. Do Something You Enjoy

School is extremely important, but we can get so caught up in school, extracurriculars, and friends that are time alone is limited.  Do something YOU enjoy and it is absolutely okay to have "me time". Do not find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed because you didn't find time to relax.

4. School Counseling Services 

Counselors are being paid to listen to your problems and they want you to stop by and talk to them. Don't be embarrased or ashamed of going to speak with a counselor because it is completely normal. For most colleges, your counseling services are free, so what do you have to lose? If you aren't comfortable with talking to a counselor, talk to someone you are close with. Holding negative energy in and allowing it to build up is not the way to go!

5. Invest in Things That Help You Relax

Whether it may be playing a game, working out, or even taking a walk. After studying for long periods of time and having a hectic schedule, you need to find time to wind down. Personally, I enjoy burning candles and reading, but find something that you can do to destress and relax. When you mentally prepare for midterms, it is a necessity that you find time to relax.

6. Remember That You Have Time

It is midterms and you have more time than you think. Try your best to plan accordingly and study hard. Staying ahead of the game will allow you to be more prepared and have more control over your stress and anxiety levels.

Being a college student is time consuming, but that does not give you an excuse to not give yourself the proper care you deserve. Your GPA does not define who you are. Your mental and physical health comes before anything else. Midterms can be stressful, especially when the class is really hard, but you can conquer anything you put your mind to. You hold the key to your future and your mental health should be a part of your daily routine to keep you on the path to success. Go out and be great!